Recommended Course Sequence First and Second Years

The business administration major at W&L is firmly embedded in its liberal arts environment, preparing students for the critical and creative thinking and adaptability needed in a future business environment. In fact, many upper-level liberal arts courses count as elective credits in the Business Administration major. Accordingly, prospective business administration majors should fully immerse themselves in the liberal arts upon enrollment and continue to take these courses during their time at W&L.

For those students who decide to major in Business Administration, most will complete the following preparatory courses by the end of sophomore year.

  • ECON 100 - Introduction to Economics
  • ACCT 100 - Introduction to Accounting
  • INTR 202 - Elementary Applied Statistics

We also strongly encourage you to complete your lab science requirement by the end of your sophomore year.

In the second semester of their sophomore year, some take one initial course in the area of business that most interests them.

  • BUS 211 - Marketing Management
  • BUS 217 - Management and Organizational Behavior
  • FIN 221 - Managerial Finance

A very general and basic schedule of courses for students interested in the Business Administration major would look like this:

First Year

Fall

  • WRIT 100
  • Foreign Language
  • FDR
  • FDR

Winter

  • ECON 100
  • Foreign Language
  • FDR or elective course
  • FDR or elective course

Spring

  • Spring term course of interest

Sophomore Year

Fall

  • INTR 202
  • ACCT 100
  • FDR or elective course

Winter

  • BUS 211, 217 or FIN 221 (Note: taking any of these three classes in sophomore year gets you a little ahead of schedule)
  • INTR 202 (if not taken previously), FDR or elective course
  • FDR or elective course
  • FDR or elective course

Spring

  • Spring term course of interest